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New Order reach top form,
By A Customer
This review is from: Power, Corruption And Lies (Audio CD)
Their second and much more consistent album. Hooky's bass really starts to take effect from this release onwards.
It is obvious from this album that the band had discovered their own direction to take, rather than copying their old JD days. Barney's love of eurodance combined well with the pop stylings of the band on such numbers as the opener 'Age of Consent'.
However a darker touch still is constant on this album. Though unlike before it is much more focused and expertly written into songs.
On '586' you can hear the blueprint for 'Blue Monday',(absent from the UK release), it is very similar in style and compares quite favourably with the classic 'Monday', especially when it reaches the closing stages and the piano kicks in.
'Ultraviolence' is a dark track, though this is disguised with the sounds created by the band. 'Ecstasy' is a vocodered driven electronic track. Don't let that put you off! Rather than maxing up with mic, Barney sings quietly through it and it sounds more like he's singing through a very basic radio microphone. New Order used vocoders well, once and never again, unlike others!
A great album and New Order's first essential release.